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  • LIFE

    Somtow's daring DasJati continues magnificent run

    Life, Stan Gayuski, Published on 20/06/2019

    » Somtow Sucharitkul's DasJati -- Ten Lives Of The Buddha was one of the most daring ideas in the history of music, to take the iconic stories of the Buddha's last 10 lives from the Pali canon and adapt them as an integrated work consisting of 10 music dramas. Two years ago, Chariot Of Heaven, the fifth work in the series to be produced, received rapturous reviews in local and international media, but the Ten Lives disappeared from view after that. It seemed possible that the maverick artistic director of Opera Siam might have bitten off more than he could chew.

  • LIFE

    Remembering A Prince Of Art

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/04/2019

    » After two years of temporary closure for restoration, Ban Plainern, the residence of the late Prince Narisaranuvattiwongse -- the Great Craftsman of Siam -- is today reopened for a special occasion. Every year, the Naris Foundation and the Chitrabongs family celebrate Naris Day, the prince's birthday, by opening up the residence in Bangkok's Klong Toey district to distinguished guests on April 28 and to the public all day on April 29.

  • LIFE

    Let's all pray for a better 2018

    Life, Pongpet Mekloy, Published on 27/12/2017

    » Revelry is not the only way to welcome the New Year. Instead of joining the noisy countdown gatherings, many people plan to mark the occasion in a solemn way, by praying.

  • LIFE

    A beautiful responsibility

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 05/06/2017

    » Immediately after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct 13 last year, a team of Fine Arts Department architectural specialists began their work to design the royal crematorium. Kokiart Thongphud -- known as the trusted right-hand man of the late architect Arwut Ngernchuklin, who designed several previous royal crematoriums -- knew that the responsibility would fall on his shoulders. That night his brain began to whirl, his hands skilfully moving the pencil, rulers and paper, his eyes focusing on the details.

  • LIFE

    Carving out history

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Their skilful hands focused on art pieces they were creating, and their eyes were locked on the details. Their hearts, apparently, were with HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on Oct 13 last year. At the Fine Arts Department's Office of Traditional Arts in Nakhon Pathom, two groups of 20 men and women from all walks of life brought out their best during a recent audition where the office recruited volunteers to help official artisans build a royal urn and coffin and sculpt statues for decorating the royal crematorium.

  • TRAVEL

    Merit-making in Sakon Nakhon

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 29/09/2016

    » From Oct 13-16, the annual "Beeswax Pavilion Procession and Long Boat Races" will take place at various venues in Muang district, Sakon Nakhon province.

  • LIFE

    The new Brahmins

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 12/10/2015

    » A man dressed in white blew into a conch as if it were a horn. Joss sticks were burning. Heads bowed but people's lips were praying. A screenplay on a golden tray was engulfed in a cloud of white smoke. Surrounding the tray was a feast which included a pig's head, Thai golden desserts, fruit, boiled eggs and seafood.

  • LIFE

    Kids with kids

    Life, Published on 12/08/2014

    » An unplanned pregnancy. A baby born out of wedlock. Many parts of Thai society have still branded these things as inappropriate, especially if they happen to teenagers. Despite such social values, a number of women get pregnant at a very young age, mostly unprepared and unready.

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